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Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks week!  What fun!  The beach is my happy place, so I was thrilled when I was asked to create a mini album with By the Sea.  This collection has always been a favorite for me, and I’m thrilled to see it coming back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to try something new with this Graphic 45 Staples Kraft Mixed Media Album.  To shake up my album cover design, I placed the 4″ x 6″ lighthouse image inside a shaker pouch.  I just love the way the sequins and beads mimic the look of sunshine sparkling on water.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to create a shaker element.

  • Select your image.   I chose to  mat mine on some blue gingham check to help it fill the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as your matted image.
  • Use a sewing machine to stitch almost all the way around the perimeter of the image.  Leave about a 2″ opening in one corner.
  • Fill the opening with a sequin mix.  (use a funnel tray for mess-free filling) These buttons, beads and sequins are a mix called Shades of Chambray from Lilac Lane.
  • Place the shaker pouch back on the sewing machine, line up the needle and finish stitching.
  • Back the shaker pouch with a couple of layers of chipboard for stability and to elevate in the design.
Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album Details

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

These Graphic 45 Staples Blue Roses are a perfect color match for this collection.  After layering them down the side of the album, I tucked in some altered metal beach charms.

TIP:  Paint metal charms with ivory chalk paint, then tap with Graphic 45 Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink Pad.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Fussy cut shells and real shells come together perfectly with real beach sand.  I’ve also painted a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob to match the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Dress up the spine with Glory Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, a cluster of beach charms and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key.  The lighthouse image was too big to fit the spine, so I carefully cut it in half, pieced it together so that the frame matched up, then adhered it to the base of the spine.

 By the Sea Mini Album: The Inside Scoop

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket for the inside cover.  I simply cut my designer paper 3″ longer than the height of the page.  Then score, fold and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.  Add border strips to the pocket flap for extra fun.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP:  The vellum pages in the album are so beautiful…but delicate!  To prevent them from tearing, stitch the vellum to a piece of heavy kraft cardstock.  Fill the space between the pages with more of the sequin mix for a fun surprise.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP: Make quick pockets by adhering just the top, bottom and one side of patterned paper to the album page.  Now you can tuck in photo mounts.  Decorate with fussy cut images from the signature page.

By the Sea Mini Album: Tuck Spots, Inserts and Flaps

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

I removed several pages from the album before I began this project.  Then I cut and scored them to create pocket inserts throughout the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Border strips make great tuck spots!  And you can easily create a space for pull out elements.  Just adhere sides and bottom of your patterned paper, leaving the top edge open.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

TIP: Create a watery background on the vellum pages.  Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink directly to the vellum.  Spritz lightly with water to activate the ink and make it move.  Heat dry.  Then stitch the pages together as before.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 14

TIP: Create tuck spots by adhering just the outer edge of a journal card to the album page.  Photos can tuck behind, and you have a lovely spot for journaling.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 15

TIP:  To create a quick and easy side pocket, cut patterned paper 2″ wider than the page.  Score, fold and adhere.

 By the Sea Mini Album Tour on Youtube

Here’s a little video tour with tips and ideas:

 

I’m so excited that this album will be on display in the G45 Booth at Creativation this week.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can adapt for your own mini album making adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

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Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing some Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards that I created over the holiday break.  I set out to  make just one card…then it was two…and oops!  By the time I was done playing, I had 4 Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards on my work desk!  These will be on display in the Buttons Galore and More booth at Creativation 2019.  Since these cards are designed to be displayed in a booth, I only covered the inside with basic paper panels. Therefore, I have no photos of the card interiors to share with you today.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Believe Wood Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ card features a frame style shaker element.  Here’s how I built it.

  • Begin by dry brushing the largest Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with a coat of white gesso. Dry thoroughly.
  • Next, brush a light layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink over the frame.
  • Now place the frame in a box with high sides and spray liberally with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.  Let the spray puddle into the corners and recessed areas of the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock (4″ x 6″ as I recall) and adhere it to the back of the frame using either Scor-Tape or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Press along the edges with a clean paper towel to secure the seal.  This is very important!  Let it dry completely while you build your card base.
  • When the frame is completely dry, add a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter, being careful not to let the tape show through the window.
  • Now place a fair sized mound of Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins in the center of your focal image.  Keep them away from the area where you will attach the frame.
  • Next, carefully align your prepared frame over the image, centering it as best as you can.
  • Finally, press in place to seal and adhere to the card base.

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 02

Finish the card off with a Little Birdie Crafts Oriel Vintage Blossom and a seam binding bow.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards:  A Real Princess Chipboard Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Real Princess Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01a

This next shaker card uses an altered chipboard frame in lieu of a shaker box.  The frame measures 3 1/2″ x 5″, but the opening is only 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.  Here’s how I prepared this shaker box.

  • First, paint a chipboard frame with white gesso and dry thoroughly.
  • Next, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.
  • When the paint has dried, brush a thin layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the entire surface.
  • While the adhesive is still wet, place the frame in a funnel tray and sprinkle liberally with Rajni Chalwa’s Frosting Powder.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the size of the frame opening and adhere to the back with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive.  As before use a clean piece of paper towel to press it securely onto the back of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Now adhere a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the frame.  You will need to cut strips of foam adhesive in half unless you have 1/4″ wide foam.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with  Buttons Galore Apricot Premium Sequins.
  • Fussy cut the image from the signature page of Princess.  Pop up on a piece of patterned paper and adhere to the foam tape.

I finished this card off with some fussy cuts, Little Birdie Flowers, Mini Pearl Prills,  Pale Gold Taffeta Ribbon, altered metal corners and an altered metal crown.  To alter the metal pieces I painted them with ivory chalk paint, then spritzed with Antique Brass Mica Spray.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: If the Crown Fits Embossed Paper Shaker Box

This card is a companion to the previous card, and uses the other princess from the signature page of the collection.  After fussy cutting the princess and matting it on striped paper, I proceeded to make the frame.

  • First, carefully open the seams on a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame.  Cut away the back portion to use in another project.
  • Next, lightly sand the surface of the frame, then paint it with white gesso.
  • When the gesso has dried, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and place it directly into the Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Embossing Texture Fade.  Run this through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Be sure to wash the texture fade immediately to remove any traces of paint and/or gesso.
  • The pressure of embossing will lift some of the gesso, but I liked this distressed look.
  • Use a palette knife to add some thin layers of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the open areas of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Next, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised portions of the design.  Spritz very lightly with Antique Brass Mica Spray.  This will sink down into the crackle paste and look very cool.

  • Back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock and build your shaker box.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with Buttons Galore Rose Garden Shaker Mix.  (You will want to remove the large and medium sized buttons from the mix first.)

Finish the card off with Little Birdie Audria Blush Flowers, gold metallic string, ribbon and a crown embellishment.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Easel Shaker Pocket

For the final card, I created this easel shaker pocket.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to add a shaker element to a card.  Simply stitch clear acrylic cardstock to your focal image leaving about a 2″ opening.  Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins.  Finish stitching up the pouch and you are good to go!

Adorn your card with Renae Classic Little Birdie Flowers, Light Coral Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and chipboard elements from the paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for making shaker cards in many different ways.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Linked Supply List

Note: Sequin mixes are linked in the post

All cards use elements from the following Graphic 45 Products:

 

 

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards for 2019

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards for 2019

Hello, Friends!  Happy New Year!  I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a fabulous year.  Over the holiday break, I decided to create a Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards.  Now I’m ready for whatever occasion presents itself in 2019.

Here are a few tips and simple supplies that you will need in case you decide to dip into your stash and create your own Children’s Hour Stack of Cards.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards TIPS
  • Follow a basic recipe for each card to speed up production.
  • Create your stack of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases before you begin making the cards.
  • Tie a dozen simple bows from ivory seam binding ribbon before you begin.  It goes with everything!
  • Doilies provide quick and easy layers!  Use packaged doilies or die cut them yourself from scraps of white paper.And remember, you can cut a doily in half when tucking it behind an image to make it go double the distance!
  • Cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ base layers from the Patterns and Solids or Calendar Pad
Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: SUPPLIES
  • Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Collection
    • 12×12 paper pad
    • 6×6 patterns and solids
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • Calendar Pad 8×8 or 12×12
    • chipboard, tags and pockets, stickers
    • seam binding ribbon
    • 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases
    • buttons and small bits and bobs from your stash
Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: January

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The interior of each card follows the same format.  I left a blank area for writing a greeting so the card can be used for birthdays or get well, or any occasion.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards:  February

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards : March

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards:  April

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: May

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: June

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Fussy cut a focal image, then pop it up on a small white doily to make it pop.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: July

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: August

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: September

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: October

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: November

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: December

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

These would be cute set out as a home decor for each month of the year, too.

So, if you’ve got a calendar collection sitting around gathering dust, why not pull it out and create a stack of cards to see you through the year?  It’s a great stash busting project and one that will pay dividends all year long.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

#G45Tag Twelve Days of Christmas Treat Tags

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Treat Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Treat Tags #G45Tag

Hello Friends!  Tick tock, tick tock!  Do you hear that sound?  It’s the minutes until Christmas “goes live.”  I created these sweet Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Treat Tags to share with you today.  I think I can just slip these beauties in under the wire for the #G45Tag Challenge this month.

Last week, I shared some cutie patootie Christmas Magic Tags with you.  So I thought I would give equal time to the elegant styling of The Twelve Days of Christmas with these tags.

Once again, I’ve used G45 Alpha Banner Tags for my base.  These are the Kraft Alpha Banner Tags.

The Graphic 45 Staples Regular Tag and Gears Die makes short work of creating these pretty tags.  Just die cut the base layer, add a border strip from the collection, a small doily, Tag and Pocket, chipboard or sticker and a ribbon adorned mini candy cane.  Easy Peasy!

I think these would make great stocking stuffers.

Or great place cards at your holiday table!

Tags are a great way to use up scraps.  You could even hang these on the tree.

So that’s all for me today!  I just thought you’d like to see these and maybe find inspiration for your own last minute crafting.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m off to bake some cookies!

Cheerio,

kathy

Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial

#G45Tags: Last Minute Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let the Christmas countdown begin.  I’m just popping in with a last minute Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial today.  It seems that everyone wants gift cards for Christmas these days, so I feel that we should at least make the packaging feel like a gift!  This set of 8 tags can be made very quickly using Graphic 45’s Christmas Magic Collection.  They can also double as ornaments on the tree, which is extra fun.

#G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do any of you have any of the Graphic 45 Alpha Tags in your stash?  That’s what I used as the base for these adorable tags.  If you don’t have those, you can use any of the Graphic 45 Regular Tags and ATC tags instead.

#G45Tags Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The front of each tag contains a little “book” that is tied shut with ribbon.  On the inside you’ll find the “B” side of a Christmas Magic ephemera card and a little gift card pocket.  To maket he tags feel even more festive, I’ve tucked in a Brach’s miniature candy cane.

Here’s a look at each of these Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags:

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Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial: Supply List

For each tag you will need the following supplies:

Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial on YouTube

I put together this easy to follow Christmas Magic Gift Card Tags Tutorial on my YouTube Channel.  I hope you enjoy!

The great thing about this design is, you can change up the papers and make these for any occasion!  How great is that?

And if you’d like to see another G45 gift tag idea from the archives, check HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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